It was reported last month that Google is working on adding support for “3D Touch” in Android. We expected that the company would unveil support for native pressure sensing displays in Android N at the Google I/O 2016 developers conference earlier this month but a new report suggests that the feature won’t be ready in time and that Android N is going to have support for it at launch.
Recode reports that Google has decided to delay the launch of this feature due to reasons not known to the scribe, it does mention that this feature will most likely be released as part of a later maintenance update which might very well be Android version 7.1.
Google baking support for this feature right into Android could spark a surge in devices that come with native pressure sensing displays. The technology enables the OS to respond to taps of varying force differently, as the display is able to recognize how much force is being put into a tap.
Apple calls this technology 3D Touch and it’s already available in the current flagship iPhone. Huawei and ZTE have launched Android-powered devices that have similar features, they just had to create their own APIs for it to work since Android doesn’t have native support for now, but it most certainly will in the future.